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Arsenic and a browning chemical to be taken out of White Rock's water supply

Last Updated Nov 8, 2017 at 10:43 pm PST

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Baldwin also says there were no injuries as a result of the water problems in the city

About $12-million of the total cost is coming a from federal-provincial grant

WHITE ROCK (NEWS 1130) — At more than $14-million, this might be the best glass of water you can get in the Lower Mainland.

White Rock is going ahead with a new water treatment plant on the Oxford Pumping Station Site.

Mayor Wayne Baldwin says arsenic levels were close to the allowable limits in a few wells, a chemical that’s been linked to some cancers.

“We’re OK right now. We’re certainly within the Canadian Drinking Water Standards but this will make it much better. If anybody had any concern there should be no concerns after this is completed.”

Manganese, which colours the water brown, ammonia and iron will also be filtered out.

Baldwin also says there were no injuries as a result of the water problems in the city.

“It’s a big deal for us and we’re very happy to see that project progressing,” Baldwin says.

“We will have reduced the arsenic level to almost minimal levels and we’ll take the Manganese level down well below any projected levels that the government’s going to put on it.”

About $12-million of the total cost is coming a from federal-provincial grant.

The entire project is expected to take about 18 months to construct and get online.